Kelly Matthews is Professor of English at Framingham State University. She holds degrees from Harvard, Trinity College Dublin, Boston University, and Ulster University. Her first book, The Bell Magazine and the Representation of Irish Identity, was published by Four Courts Press in 2012, and she co-edited the collection The Country of the Young: Interpretations of Youth and Childhood in Irish Culture, published by Four Courts in 2013. She has published articles in the Irish University Review, Éire-Ireland, New Hibernia Review, New Voices in Irish Criticism, and other journals. Her current book project focuses on the early career of Northern Irish playwright Brian Friel.